Hi everyone! I hope your summer (or winter, down under) is going well! Lots of fun and informative stuff coming your way the next while, but one thing we've been working on a lot is Personalized Personality Typings. Thank you if you've ordered one, or even if you wanted to! This time the first two tiers of price points got sold out in 24 hrs! So we're sorry if you didn't get to order yours at your desired price point this time, but when we finish this batch up, we'll be releasing more (and if you miss that one, same dance next time!).
In the meantime, since we put so much love and care into these, and since they include so much information that we’d like to share with *everyone*, we're starting this new series, “PPP Show and Tell”, where we share quotes from the various Personalized Personality PDFs we've personalized to people (enough Ps, eh?) While we'll never share quotes from *your* email, because obviously that’s personal, we do want to share what *we've* said to you. In your PPPs, questions and things about personality typing come up that have either come up many times before (like this post’s content), or that we might not have thought of addressing otherwise, that the whole class could stand to hear.
This time we have lots of quotes from a bunch of *different* PPPs, about the common misconceptions people have about Feelers’ relationship with logic, and what defines F in general. All these quotes happen to be by my INFJ because, even though we read through your emails, determine your type, and figure out bullet points of what you need to hear, together, he has been writing the vast majority of the PPPs themselves to free me up to write blog posts, comments, social media stuff in general, and not go out of my mind with laundry. Also, he happens to be an excellent writer and has a sexy grasp of principles. But, you know, that’s why I married him ;) (Well, that and he’s a good kisser.)
I hope this clears up a lot of the comments we get regarding “That person couldn’t be a T, their decisions are too emotional,” and “That person couldn’t be an F, they're too smart,” that make me feel :(. And hopefully this information will help *you* feel better about the person you are personally, and help you understand others and where they're coming from. Because any person can be both useful and meaningful, logical and human. ~
“Now, regarding F, there is a plentitude of misconception about both F and T, to the point that both are often mischaracterized into narrow parodies that are true of only the unhealthiest people of any personality type. Many of the misconceptions about F are in fact true of unhealthy Ts, and vice versa. Originally and empirically, those who cognate in the way we refer to as 'Feelers' focus first on the meaning and significance of things, and in practice that has complex effects. For example, a Feeler who had been led to believe that it was cooler, more fun, or in any way better or more meaningful to be a T… would place great meaning and significance on trying to behave as a T, even to the point of attempting to focus on the use of things before meaning. But through all that, their root motive is still meaning, the meaning of themselves as a person in this case, which they feel requires them to be a T. Different types will often do the very same things, but for very different reasons. This is part of why it’s dangerous to type someone based only on what they do, rather than on why they do it, and this is also why attempting to change one’s own actions in order to try to behave as another type tends to result in only a mimic of the other type.”
“Remember, none of this means that you are limited to these strengths. You can develop the strengths of all the types, of Ts, of Is, of Js, and of S-es. But in order to gain the strengths of other types, we must first master the strengths of our own type. If we seek other types’ strengths before first mastering our own, then our own type’s weaknesses will be left unmastered, and they will get in the way. People who try to master the strengths of other types without playing to the strengths of their own type become merely a parody, attempting to mimic other types without truly becoming them, and trying to hide their own weaknesses without having mastered them. But as you learn to be proud to be a meaningful F, an observant E, a thoughtful P, and a conceptually-minded N, as you learn why your own strengths are good, then you will naturally and easily begin to develop the entirely new strengths of other personality types.”
“…to be human is to have emotions, but frequently Ts are portrayed as being unemotional, while only unhealthy people, F or T, suppress their emotions. The quickest way to be controlled by your emotions is to pretend they’re not a factor, thereby letting them run unattended through fields of fear, insecurity, and pessimism, usually.”
“Healthy people of all types should cultivate logic, and healthy people of all types should cultivate carefully bridled emotions, since without emotion logic loses context and perspective. There are many unempirical stereotypes which suggest that logic is a T trait, but it is simply a trait common to all healthy types. And an attempt to be unemotional is simply unhealthy, the same for Ts as for Fs. Healthy Ts are not unemotional and certainly not detached from others. Again, an attempt to act like another type without first mastering one’s own results in mere parody that fails to master the strengths of either type.
“The desire to be unemotional tends to be a very emotional desire, common among unhealthy Ts and unhealthy Fs alike, usually resulting from emotions such as fear, pessimism, doubt, or insecurity. These negative emotions tend to hinder logic much more commonly than the more cliché, bubbly emotions do. Negative emotions are emotions, and when we try to ignore their presence they are left free to color our vision and skew all our thoughts.
“A prime example of this is in your references to religion. ‘[Quoted description of unhealthy religion].’ This description, which you use to refer to all religion, seems to fit only a very small subset of particularly foolish religious people. But since this unhealthy version of one specific religious group made you feel invalid, telling people that they would go to some hell because of the person they are, which is a fundamentally invalidating thing to imagine, you have formed an emotional opinion against religion as a whole. The logical act is to acknowledge how much the beliefs of this one group of people made you feel incredibly invalid, and then perhaps to carefully note apparent trends among other groups of people who seem to share the same sort of unhealthiness. It is not logical, however, to make blanket statements about religion due to the negative emotions that fill your descriptions of these particular groups of people. In short, to be human is to feel emotions, and that is good because emotions, when mastered, give us perspective and remind us of points that thoughts alone are unable to keep track of. But the people who tend to be the most hijacked by their own emotions are those who pretend their emotions are not affecting them, thereby turning a blind eye and allowing their emotions to go unmastered.”
“Significance and meaning [F], when approached healthily, must be just as objective and measurable as use [T]; subjective reaction is neither F nor T; it’s simply human. While platitudinous oversimplifications often stereotype Feeling as being irrational or subjective, that has nothing whatsoever to do with T or F; no healthy person, of any type, should indulge in irrational subjectivity, and yet all types are equally vulnerable to it when unhealthy.”
“This doesn’t mean you’re doomed; no type is destined to have some laundry-list of weaknesses. It just means that _______ is a weaker area to keep an eye on. The thing about weaknesses, however, is that if we face them, they can become stronger than if we’d never had the weakness in the first place, due to the focus that we have to put on them! And we face them best by using the areas in which we’re strongest, rather than denying our weaknesses or trying to compensate for them.”
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